Parlophone/Capitol Records/UMeThe Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band often appears at or near the top of lists of the greatest and most influential albums of all time. Now the 1967 record it has landed at #1 on a new tally, this one ranking the British public's all-time favorite albums.
The list, compiled by the U.K.'s Official Charts Company, ranks the top 40 albums by combining physical sales, downloads and streams in the country and spans more than 60 years of music. Sgt. Pepper racked up 5.34 million in combined sales.
Other classic-rock artists with albums in the top 10 of the tally include Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and Fleetwood Mac. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon lands at #4; Dire Straits' Brother in Arms is #6; and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours takes the #8 spot.
Further down on the list are Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell at #15, Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water at #17, U2's The Joshua Tree at #29; and Phil Collins' …But Seriously at #37.
Coldplay has the most albums on the tally, with three: A Rush of Blood to the Head is #27, X&Y is #32 and Parachutes is #40.
The list debuted on BBC Radio on Saturday, coinciding with National Album Day in the U.K. Check out the full list at OfficialCharts.com.
Fantasy RecordsSteve Perry makes his return to the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 chart thanks to his new solo album, Traces.
Traces, the former Journey frontman's third solo effort, enters the chart at #6 with 73,000 units sold. His two previous albums -- 1984's Street Talk and 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine, reached #12 and #15, respectively.
As a member of Journey, Perry scored seven top-10 albums between 1980 and 1996, including the band's two highest-charting albums: 1981's Escape, which hit #1, and 1983's Frontiers, which hit #2.
This week's #1 album is Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's soundtrack for the new remake of A Star Is Born.
Polydor/Republic/UMeOver the last year or so, The Moody Blues have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1967 symphonic concept album Days of Future Passed, but the veteran U.K. band is set to turn its attention to their 1968 follow-up, In Search of the Lost Chord. A 50th anniversary reissue of the latter album, which was released in July of '68, will hit stores on November 2 in multiple formats and configurations.
A five-disc deluxe version of the reissue features three CDs and two DVDs. The CDs include new and original stereo mixes of In Search of the Lost Chord, mono mixes of some of the songs, non-album cuts, alternate mixes and recordings from 1968 BBC Radio sessions.
One DVD includes multiple high-res audio mixes of In Search of the Lost Chord, including a surround-sound mix. The other DVD is a video disc featuring previously unreleased footage from two 1968 French TV appearances, and an entire Moody Blues concert special that aired on BBC TV in September of '68. The box set also comes packaged with a 76-page book featuring new sleeve and a bevy of rare photos and images of memorabilia.
The In Search of the Lost Chord reissue also will be available as a standard single CD, a 180-gram black-vinyl LP and a limited-edition colored-vinyl disc, as well as standard and deluxe digital downloads.
In Search of the Chord was a concept album focusing on spiritual and philosophical themes popular with the Flower Power generation of the late '60s. The record, which peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200, featured such memorable Moodies songs as "Ride My See-Saw," "Voices in the Sky," "The Actor" and "Legend of a Mind."
Here's the track list of the deluxe reissue:
Disc 1 (CD) "Departure" -- original stereo mix "Ride My See-Saw" -- original stereo mix "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" -- original stereo mix "House of Four Doors" -- original stereo mix "Legend of a Mind" -- original stereo mix "House of Four Doors (Part 2)" -- original stereo mix "Voices in the Sky" -- original stereo mix "The Best Way to Travel" -- original stereo mix "Visions of Paradise" -- original stereo mix "The Actor" -- original stereo mix "The Word" -- original stereo mix "Om" -- original stereo mix "Voices in the Sky" (mono) "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (mono) "Ride My See Saw" (mono) -- previously unreleased on CD "A Simple Game" "Legend of a Mind" (mono mix) -- previously unreleased
Disc 2 (CD) "Departure" -- new stereo mix "Ride My See-Saw" -- new stereo mix "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" -- new stereo mix "House of Four Doors" -- new stereo mix "Legend of a Mind" -- new stereo mix "House of Four Doors (Part 2)" -- new stereo mix "Voices in the Sky" -- new stereo mix "The Best Way to Travel" -- new stereo mix "Visions of Paradise" -- new stereo mix "The Actor" -- new stereo mix "The Word" -- new stereo mix "Om" -- new stereo mix "A Simple Game" (Justin Hayward vocal mix, remastered 2018)
Disc 3 (CD) "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (BBC Radio One Top Gear Session, 1968) "Voices in the Sky" (BBC Radio One Top Gear Session, 1968) "The Best Way to Travel" (BBC Radio One Top Gear Session, 1968) "Ride My See-Saw" (BBC Radio One Top Gear Session, 1968) "Tuesday Afternoon" (BBC Radio One John Peel Top Gear session, 7/16/68) "Departure" (alternate mix) -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968 "The Best Way to Travel" (additional vocal mix) -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968 "Legend of a Mind" (alternate mix) -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968 "Visions of Paradise" (instrumental mix) -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968 "The Word" (Mellotron mix) -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968 "Om" (extended mix) -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968 "King and Queen" -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968 "Gimmie a Little Something" -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968 "What Am I Doing Here?" (full version) -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968 "A Simple Game" (Justin Hayward vocal version) -- Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, in September 1968
Disc 4 (DVD -- Audio) In Search of the Lost Chord (same 12 tracks that begin Discs 1 and 2) --96 kHz/24-bit 5.1 surround mix --new stereo mix --remastered original stereo mix
Disc 5 (DVD -- Video) "Departure"/"Ride My See-Saw" -- Visual content "Dr. Livingstone I Presume" -- Visual content "House of Four Doors" -- Visual content "Voices in the Sky" -- Visual content "The Best Way to Travel" -- Visual content "Visions of Paradise"/"The Actor" -- Visual content "Om" -- Visual content
BBC TV Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord, 9/14/68: "Tuesday Afternoon" "Nights in White Satin" "Bye Bye Bird" "Fly Me High" "I've Got a Dream" "A Beautiful Dream" "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" "Peak Hour" "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" "Ride My See Saw"
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters got an unexpected assist from a 10-year-old fan named Collier during their show in Kansas City on Friday. Dave Grohl invited the young rocker on stage, who impressed the packed arena and the Foos themselves with his guitar chops.
After he arrived on stage, Grohl asked Collier what he knew how to play on guitar. Turns out, he's a big Metallica fan, and started to shred "Enter Sandman." The rest of the band quickly joined in, and Grohl did his best James Hetfield impression as he belted out the first verse and chorus of the Black Album classic.
But Collier wasn't done -- he also dusted off the riffs for "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and "Wherever I May Roam." Grohl was clearly impressed, and declared that pop star Ed Sheeran, who was playing Kansas City the next night, "ain't got nothing on Collier."
In addition to shading Ed Sheeran, Grohl also gifted young Collier his guitar. "If I see that s*** on eBay next week, I'm gonna find you," Grohl joked. You can watch fan-recorded footage of the performance now on YouTube.
Following the show, Grohl tweeted, "Lookout world...Next generation of rockers coming soon to an arena near you! Thanks Collier!" Metallica also shared their reaction, tweeting, "How cool is this??? Show 'em how it’s done, Collier!"
Perhaps Collier can start a band with Little Fonzie, the young drummer who joined the Foos onstage earlier this year but refused to leave the stage.
Green Amp Records/Red River EntertainmentKinks guitarist Dave Davies has dug into his archives to create the new compilation Decade, featuring unreleased solo recordings he made throughout the 1970s.
The 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that the album was "quite a labor of love" that took him three or four years to put together, "with the help of my son Simon, who produced it, and my son Martin, who helped coordinate the whole project."
"The songs have been living in me for a long time," Davies says, "and it's good to get them out there."
Dave explains that, at the time, he had "no plan or agenda" in recording the tracks, which weren't intended for a solo album or for The Kinks.
"I'd get an idea for a song and I'd think, 'Oh, we got some downtime at the weekend. I'll go in the studio and twiddle knobs and play drums and see how these ideas came out,'" he points out. "So it was a lot of fun, really."
Dave collaborated with various musicians on the tracks, including Kinks drummer Mick Avory, who lent his talents to a song called "If You Are Leaving."
Davies also made some new contributions to select tracks, including a song called "Mystic Woman," to which he says he added new vocals "because we didn't have completed verses."
Reflecting on the various tunes on Decade, Dave tells ABC Radio that "most of the album is very personal, about how I feel about my friends and about the state of the world."
He adds, "Each time I play it, new memories [and thoughts] come up."
Davies has announced a series of U.S. solo dates in support of the album that are scheduled for April 2019. Check them out at DaveDavies.com.
Here's Decade's track list:
"Cradle to the Grave" "Midnight Sun" "Islands" "If You Are Leaving" "Web of Time" "Mystic Woman" "Give You All My Love" "The Journey" "Within Each Day" "Same Old Blues" "Mr. Moon" "Shadows" "This Precious Time (Long Lonely Road)"
Fleetwood Mac has issued a statement responding to the lawsuit that longtime singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham launched earlier this week, alleging that he was wrongfully ousted from the band.
A spokesman for the group shared the following with ABC Radio: "Fleetwood Mac strongly disputes the allegations presented in Mr. Buckingham's complaint and looks forward to their day in court. The band has retained [veteran defense lawyer] Dan Petrocelli to handle the case."
As previously reported, Buckingham's lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claims that the band is guilty of "breach of fiduciary duty," "breach of oral contract" and "intentional interference with prospective economic advantage," among other charges.
In the suit, Buckingham claims that after he butted heads with his Fleetwood Mac band mates about when the group's latest tour would start, he agreed to postpone the release of a solo album and signed on to take part in the trek. However, Lindsey claims, the group decided instead to replace him. Buckingham is now seeking a share of the profits from the tour.
All four of Buckingham's band mates -- Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie -- are named as parties in the suit.
The band brought in founding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn to replace Buckingham, and the group's new lineup kicked off their tour earlier this month. Lindsey also launched a solo trek this month.
In a statement regarding his lawsuit that was shared Thursday with ABC Radio, Lindsey said, "Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive. I'm looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created."
Credit: Michael LavineSoundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has downplayed the idea of the grunge icons continuing after last year's death of Chris Cornell.
"No, I don't think that's anything we'd give reasonable consideration to at this point," Thayil tells The Seattle Times. "When I say 'at this point,' I mean perhaps ever."
The guitarist does say that future archival Soundgarden projects are in the works, but beyond that, there are no plans for the band.
"I don't know really what kind of thing is possible or what we would consider in the future," Thayil says. "It's likely nothing. The four of us were that. There were four of us and now there's three of us, so it's just not likely that there's much to be pursued other than the catalog work at this point."
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Matt Cameron said that he, Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd would "certainly love to try to continue to do something, figure out something to do together," although that obviously could refer to non-Soundgarden projects. For example, Cameron and Thayil have recently played together in the MC5 50th anniversary band, MC50.
ABC/Fred WatkinsTo say that Foo Fighters have been successful is quite the understatement: What started out as a Dave Grohl solo project has turned into multi-million selling, world-conquering rock behemoth.
Billboard just named the band the all-time top performing artist on its Alternative Songs chart -- which launched 30 years ago -- and now, Grohl tells the publication the secret to writing a hit single.
"You have to write great songs. That's it," Grohl says. "To me, the challenge was always trying to craft a song that was simple in a way that people would connect to it emotionally."
For him, the melody of the song often has more of an emotional impact than its lyrics.
"A lyric is one thing, but there's something that a melody can do," Grohl says. "Just the sound of a minor scale, or a major scale rising in a chorus. The notes will twist your heart."
He continues, "That's the Rubik's Cube, trying to find a melody and lyric will braid together and create four minutes of memory that you'll have for the rest of your life."
Grohl and Foo Fighters are currently touring the U.S. in support of their latest collection of four-minute memories, Concrete and Gold.
Rosalind O'Connor/NBCJust a reminder that Paul Simon will be performing on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, which airs on NBC at 11:30 p.m./10:30 p.m. CT. This will mark the ninth time that the folk-rock legend has been a musical guest on SNL, more than any other artist in the late-night comedy show's 43-year history.
Simon, a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, also will be celebrating his 77th birthday on Saturday.
The latest SNL episode will be hosted by former cast member and current Late Night host Seth Meyers. You can watch a couple of previews for the program featuring Simon, Meyers and current cast member Aidy Bryant at Saturday Night Live's official website and YouTube channel.
Last month, Paul wrapped up his Homeward Bound farewell tour with a concert at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, not far from where he grew up in Queens, New York. He currently is promoting his latest studio album, In the Blue Light, which was released on September 7. It's a collection of updated versions of various tunes from his back catalog.
Mercury/UMeThis week, Def Leppard received its first-ever nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. If that's not exciting enough for the band's fans, the British rockers have now announced plans for a series of special releases due out this year.
The first is a career-spanning hits compilation titled The Story So Far -- The Best Of, which will be released November 30 as a 35-track two-CD set, a 17-track single CD, a two-LP vinyl collection, and digitally. In addition to Def Leppard's best-known songs, the album will include two previously unreleased cuts -- a cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and a remix of the band's 2006 rendition of David Essex's "Rock On."
The first pressing of the vinyl version of The Story So Far will come packaged with a bonus seven-inch vinyl single featuring the "Personal Jesus" cover, plus a brand-new original holiday tune, "We All Need Christmas." If you pre-order the compilation online, you'll receive an instant free download of "Personal Jesus." You also can listen to bothsongs now at Def Leppard's official YouTube channel.
In addition, "We All Need Christmas" was released Friday as a standalone digital single, while a music video for the song will debut soon.
Also arriving November 30 is a limited-edition box set called Hysteria: The Singles, which features seven-inch vinyl versions of all of the singles from Def Leppard's massively successful 1987 album, Hysteria. The set also contains two bonus singles exclusive to the release.
Lastly, a special colored-vinyl edition of Def Leppard's Diamond-certified 1983 album Pyromania will be released December 7.
Here's the track list for the two-CD version of The Story So Far:
Disc One "Animal" "Photograph" "Pour Some Sugar on Me" "Love Bites" "Let's Get Rocked" "Armaggedon It" "Foolin'" "Two Steps Behind" "Heaven Is" "Rocket" "Hysteria" "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" "Make Love Like a Man" "Action" "When Love & Hate Collide" "Rock of Ages" "Personal Jesus"
Disc Two "Let's Go" "Promises" "Slang" "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" "Rock On (Radio Remix)" "Nine Lives" (featuring Tim McGraw) "Work It Out" "Stand Up" "Dangerous" "Now" "Undefeated" "Tonight" "C'Mon C'Mon" "Man Enough" "No Matter What" "All I Want Is Everything" "It's All About Believing" "Kings of the World"
And here's the track list for the Hysteria: The Singles box set:
Disc One: "Women"/"Tear It Down" (U.S. Version) Disc Two: "Animal"/"I Wanna Be Your Hero" (U.S. Version) Disc Three: "Hysteria"/"Ride into the Sun" (International Version) Disc Four: "Pour Some Sugar on Me"/"Ring of Fire" (U.S. Version) Disc Five: "Love Bites"/"Billy's Got a Gun" (Live) (International Version) Disc Six: "Armageddon It"/"Release Me" (Canadian Version) Disc Seven: "Rocket"/"Woman" (Live) (U.S. Version) Disc Eight: "Excitable"/"Run Riot" (Album Version) Disc Nine: "Love and Affection"/"Don't Shoot Shotgun" (Album Version) Disc Ten: "Animal"/"Tear It Down" (Spanish Artwork Version)
Denise Truscello/WireImageFor the right amount of money, you could soon be the proud owner of the original handwritten lyrics to the Elton John and Bernie Taupin classic, "Your Song."
The lyrics -- scrawled in blue ink by Taupin and placed in a vintage wooden frame -- will be going up for bid in New York City next month at the Bonhams auction house.
According to the item's description on the Bonhams website, the lyrics were "scratched out one morning on the roof of 20 Denmark Street as Taupin was waiting for John while the latter put in his hours at a publishing house in London's Tin Pan Alley."
Elton reportedly took only 10 minutes to come up with the melody after Taupin showed him the lyrics. "Your Song" became Elton's first mega-hit, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.
The lyrics are being sold by Taupin's ex-wife, Maxine Taupin. The bidding will begin on November 19.
Julien's Auctions also is holding a Bernie Taupin auction, selling the lyricist's personal property both live and online on Friday, November 9.
Max & Jay Weinberg in 2012 (Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)Two members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, drummer Max Weinberg and bassist Garry Tallent, will take part in a charity covers concert on October 16 in Nashville that's being hosted by Max's son Jay, who plays drums with heavy-metal act Slipknot.
The Buddies on the Beat event, which will be held at the Basement East venue, will support Best Buddies Tennessee, an organization that provides "one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development" for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The lineup also features musicians from a variety of other popular hard-rock groups, including Mastodon's Troy Sanders, Offspring drummer Pete Parada, Exodus bass player Jack Gibson and Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, among others.
Additionally, Jay Weinberg has launched a silent auction to benefit Best Buddies that includes items signed by him, Foo Fighters, Korn, Daughtry, Sum 41, Halestorm, Andrew W.K. and more.
Credit: Chris McKayOctober 30 and 31, 1968, iconic proto-punk band MC5 recorded their legendary debut album Kick Out the Jams in their hometown of Detroit. Fifty years later, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer will return to Detroit to play a special show at ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White's Third Man Records this October 30.
Kramer will be joined by his new band, MC50, which he formed to celebrate MC5's 50th anniversary. The group includes Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Faith No More's Billy Gould, Fugazi's Brendan Canty and Zen Guerrilla's Marcus Durant.
The show also will feature appearances by Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Detroit musician and producer Don Was.
As with many other Third Man Records events, the MC50 show will be recorded and immediately pressed to vinyl using the label's "direct-to-acetate" method. For ticket info, visit ThirdManStore.com.
Credit: Emily LodgeMoody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge kicks off a new U.S. solo tour tonight in Nashville in support of his 2017 concert CD and DVD Live from Birmingham -- The 10,000 Light Years Tour.
Lodge tells ABC Radio that his set for the 10-date trek will be similar to the one featured on the live release, which documents a September 2016 show in his hometown of Birmingham, U.K. The concert showcased songs from his 2015 solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago; select Moody Blues tunes; and a cut from his 1975 duo album with Justin Hayward, Blue Jays.
Having said that, the 73-year-old musician reveals that he's added two rarities to the set, and that his backing band now includes a new member, cellist and slide-guitar player Jason Charboneau, who will play on the songs.
"I want to do a couple of tribute songs for [late Moody Blues singer/flutist] Ray [Thomas] and [ex-Moodies keyboardist] Mike [Pinder]," John points out. "Songs that The Moodies probably will never do again."
Regarding Thomas, who died in January at age 76 shortly after The Moody Blues were chosen for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Lodge says, "I met Ray when I was 15, and we worked together all our lives. And we had a friendship that's lasted for ever."
On his 2018 tour, Lodge will be visiting some of the same cities as his fall 2017 trek, as well as new cities such as Nashville, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
As a gift to fans, John has made a free download of one track from Live from Birmingham, "Get Me Out of Here," available at CD Baby. The studio version of the tune appears on 10,000 Light Years Ago.
Here is Lodge's full solo itinerary:
10/12 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 10/14 -- Washington, D.C., City Winery 10/15 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater 10/17 -- New York, NY, City Winery 10/19 -- Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey 10/20 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall 10/21 -- Greenwich, RI, Greenwich Odeum 10/23 -- Arlington, MA, Regent Theatre 10/25 -- Cleveland, OH, Music Box Supper Club 10/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, The Ludlow Garage
Credit: Martin KierszenbaumSting and Shaggy star in a Miami Vice-inspired video for their new collaborative tune "Gotta Get Back My Baby," which premiered Thursday on ETOnline.com.
"It's a funny, lighthearted video with a bit of action in it, and stunts," Sting says in a making-of video about the clip.
In the video, the two artists portray Miami detectives who are sent on a mission to apprehend "the most dangerous woman in America" at a club in South Beach.
Sting's character, who happens to be retiring that day, tells their captain -- portrayed by tough-guy actor Stephen Bauer -- that in order for him and his partner to complete their task, they'll need to borrow his sports car, a Fiat Abarth-Spider.
The captain agrees, but before letting Sting and Shaggy leave on their assignment, he warns, "If anything happens to that Spider…"
The video then shows the duo driving through Miami heading to the club, intercut with footage of the two lip-syncing to the song. Sting and Shaggy eventually park outside of the club, but as they shoot the breeze, they don't notice that the dangerous woman they're looking for has entered the nightspot.
Inside the club, she proceeds to beat up a bunch of the guys, even kicking one of them right through a wall. This finally draws the cops' attention, but when they enter the club through the crumbled wall, they hear someone speeding away...in the captain's precious Spider.
As the video ends, Sting says, "What are we gonna tell the captain?"
Shaggy replies, "It wasn't me," a humorous reference to his 2000 chart-topping hit.
"Gotta Get Back My Baby" appears on Sting and Shaggy's 2018 collaborative album, 44/876. The duo's U.S. tour in support of the record continues this Friday, October 12, in Rancho Mirage, California.
Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesAfter telling Rolling Stone recently that he was fired from Fleetwood Mac because of conflicts Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham has now filed a lawsuit against the band, seeking compensation for money he would've earned during the group's current tour.
According to documents obtained by ABC Radio, the suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, charges the band with "breach of fiduciary duty," "breach of oral contract" and "intentional interference with prospective economic advantage," among other complaints.
In the suit, Buckingham claims that he'd asked Fleetwood Mac to push the start of its 2018 tour back from August to November so he could release and promote a solo album. When his band mates refused, he postponed his solo project for a year so he could take part in the trek.
However, Lindsey alleges, in January 2018, the group's manager told him the tour was off -- but he soon learned that the group planned to hit the road without him.
In a statement shared with ABC Radio, Buckingham says, "Last January, Fleetwood Mac made the decision to continue to tour without me. I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the beautiful 43-year legacy we built together."
"Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive," he continues. "I'm looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created."
Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie are all parties in the suit.
In response to the lawsuit, Fleetwood Mac sent its own statement to Rolling Stone maintaining that the band can't comment since they haven't seen the complaint. The note continues that it "makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute."
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Beach Boys' Mike Love, ex-Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and soul legend Sam Moore of Sam & Dave were among the well-known music artists who showed up at the White House on Thursday to stand by President Donald Trump as he signed the Music Modernization Act into law.
The Music Modernization Act changes how songwriters and publishers are paid for their songs played on digital streaming services. Specifically, it improves the process by which rights holders are paid when their music is streamed online, and provides a legal process for artists to receive unclaimed royalties. Additionally, royalties will be paid to songwriters and artists for songs recorded before 1972.
Love spoke at the event, and shared that Trump had once tried to help the late Whitney Houston with her drug-abuse issues.
"[You] tried your best to help Whitney. And she's not the only one you've benefited," said Love. "And people can say what they want, but you've always been a big supporter of some of the best music that America's ever made."
Moore also spoke, calling the legislation a "historic bill," and noting that it was something that President Obama couldn't get done.
Kid Rock also was one of the musicians who attended and spoke at the signing.
Courtesy of The Velvet Underground ExperienceThe Velvet Underground Experience, a multimedia exhibition focusing on the influential New York City band that was fronted by Lou Reed and also featured John Cale, opened on Wednesday in downtown Manhattan after debuting in Paris in April 2016.
The exhibit, located at 718 Broadway in the same Greenwich neighborhood where The Velvet Underground formed, spotlights the impact that the group has had on modern music, art, fashion and popular culture.
The exhibition looks at different aspects and periods of The Velvet Underground's career through previously unseen immersive displays and content. They include sections exploring the lives of Reed and Cale and their volatile relationship; looking at the artists influenced and inspired by The Velvets; and examining the band's association with Andy Warhol, who initially managed them, helped produce and created the cover of their debut album, and incorporated the group into his Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia performance events.
The Velvet Underground Experience also offers six films produced especially for the exhibit, as well as a variety of portraits and photos of the band's members and other figures from the underground New York City scene of the '60s.
In addition, a series of performances and interview events have been scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit, including a Q&A with Cale scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. Veteran indie-rock act The Feelies will play a concert showcasing The Velvet Underground's music on Saturday, October 13, at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The Velvet Underground Experience will be open through December 30. Visit VelvetUndergroundExperience.com for more details and to buy tickets to the exhibit.
Credit: Mark WeissOzzy Osbourne has canceled the final four dates on his North American No More Tours 2 trek due to complications from the hand surgery he underwent earlier this month.
The metal legend previously postponed three of the shows, set to take place in Mountain View, Chula Vista and Los Angeles, California, to later in October, but a recent evaluation from his doctors concluded that he'll likely need to go under the knife again to treat multiple infections. All three of those dates, plus an October 13 stop in Las Vegas, have now been pushed to 2019.
"I'm so f***ing bummed about cancelling these shows," Ozzy says. "The tour had been going great and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs. We're hoping everyone will be patient and we'll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year."
Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates. You can also receive a refund from your point of purchase.
Steve Granitz/Getty ImagesLindsey Buckingham has shared some first-hand news about why he was fired from Fleetwood Mac earlier this year. The singer-guitarist tells Rolling Stone that his former flame, Stevie Nicks, was responsible for pushing him out of the group.
Buckingham says that a couple days after Fleetwood Mac was honored and performed at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala in January, the band's manager, Irving Azoff, called him and said, basically, "Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again."
Azoff informed Buckingham that Nicks had a list of complaints about Buckingham's actions at the ceremony, including him objecting to the use of "Rhiannon" -- a song Stevie wrote -- as the band's intro music, and smirking while Nicks was giving her thank-you speech.
Buckingham admits that he did object to "Rhiannon" being played, although, he maintains, "It wasn't about it being 'Rhiannon.' It just undermined the impact of our entrance."
Regarding him smirking, Lindsey notes, "The irony is that we have this standing joke that Stevie, when she talks, goes on a long time. I may or may not have smirked. But I look over and Christine [McVie] and Mick [Fleetwood] are doing the waltz behind her as a joke."
Buckingham says that when Azoff called him, he initially thought that Nicks was planning to quit the band, but it soon became clear that he was being ousted.
Buckingham says he's reached out to Mick Fleetwood a number of times since he was fired, but the drummer hasn't responded, nor has he heard from the other band members.
As for whether he could see ever playing with Fleetwood Mac again, Buckingham says he hasn't "technically closed the book on anything…But I am not planning that anything will change from what it is now."